Whether it’s the largest collection of Barbie Dolls or the longest distance hopped on one foot, a world record is not to be sniffed at, especially when it comes to food! Never mind the giant subs, kebabs and pizzas – we’re all about the greens! Here are some interesting records that got our attention…
The largest Caesar salad
The classic Caesar salad is a dish loved the world over and what better homage to such a delicious recipe than to create the biggest version on the planet? Weighing in at 3.287 tonnes (7,246 lb), the salad was made up of over 2.5 kg of lettuce, 200 kg of cheese, 480 kg of Caesar sauce and a whopping 68.355 kg of crunchy croutons.
The original Caesar salad was first created by chef Caesar Cardini in the 1920’s in Tijuana Mexico and the current world record holders (the Tijuana Restaurateurs Chamber of Commerce) saw it fit to recreate Cardini’s masterpiece at its birthplace – a fitting tribute.
The world’s hottest chilli
At Florette we love a bit of spice: whether it’s a something punchy like a Spicy Saag Aloo or just a milder but warming Tiger Prawn Salad, the addition of chilli can take dishes from good to great in no time at all. In the case of the world’s hottest chilli, it might be one notch too far on the temperature scale… Grown in the United States, Smokin Ed’s ‘Carolina Reaper’ comes in at a tongue scorching 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (the official spiciness scale).
To put this into perspective, the common Jalapeno pepper can be anything between 1,000-20,000 SHU, whilst the fiery Scotch Bonnet is 100,000-350,000 SHU. We’ll give this one a miss!
The largest fruit salad
Delicious, nutritious and a healthy crave-curber, anyone with a sweet tooth will appreciate a well-made fruit salad. In 2012 a team of over 250 people in the United States took this to the next level by putting together the world’s biggest fruit salad in an effort to help promote healthy living. The finished concoction, made with cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, pineapple, apples and strawberries, weighed in at a staggering 11,000lbs and needed an inflatable swimming pool to keep it contained.
Mammoth vegetable stew
In the colder seasons, a hearty stew is one of the best meals out there. Not only does a lovely stew ignite your taste buds but they’re economical too, meaning a large cooked batch goes along way, with even a little leftover for the next day’s lunch!
With this in mind the Egyptians decided to cook up the world’s largest plate of koshary during a festival celebrating popular regional dishes. If you’ve been to Egypt you’ll know koshary, but if not it’s a traditional dish from the 19th century comprised of wholesome rice, lentils and fava beans, cooked with tomatoes, peppers and crispy onions. Its likely visitors to the festival didn’t go hungry; seven tons of koshary was sprawled out across a 10 meter plate which was 1.2 meters deep.
The world’s largest vegetable
Swede may not be every veg lover’s ingredient of choice but for a farmer from Britain it’s his legacy! Labelled the world’s largest vegetable, the monster swede tilted the scales at 85.5lb, claiming a record place in the book of Guinness World Records in the process. However, this wasn’t just chance – the same gardener also held the previous record for both the world’s heaviest beetroot and celery!
Swede soup anyone?